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The Kusarigama (jap. "Chain Sickle"), also Kasuri Gama, is a Japanese bujutsu weapon that i salso used in Kobudō of Okinawa. The Kusarigama has a curved, single-edged, crescent shaped blade. The blade is usually straight and the back of the blade curved convex on the cutting side. The shaft is usually made of wood and is round. On the handle end a chain is attached, which is provided with a metal weight at the end. There are versions in which the blade can be folded back like a of a pocket knife to the handle. The combination of throwing, cutting and chain weapon makes Kusarigama very versatile. The chain could be used as a throwing weapon.
In the case of hand-forged blades, our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it by hand on the anvil or under the drop hammer. The steel gets more solid (denser) by forging. In the case of industrially rolled spring steel blades, the sheets of steel plate is cut to strips under drop snips, then ground or milled and immediately forged into the annealing furnace and oil-quenched. The properties of both kinds of steels are not very different, since industrial rolling is already very good! On forged blades are usually blacksmith marks, which give them an authentic and unique look.